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Suspects in murder of British tourist granted bail

A local politician, who is accused of murdering British tourist Kuram Shaikh Zaheer, has been released on bail, the Daily Mirror reported today.

The Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman of Tangalle, Sampath Vidanapathirana, was released by a court on Monday, along with seven other suspects.

Vidanapathirana, who is a close friend of the Rajapakse dynasty, is accused of involvement in the killing of Mr Zaheer and the rape of his Russian girlfriend, on Christmas Eve last year.

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